The Missouri State High School Championship is also a memorial triathlon for John Carlos Brandt.
John Carlos Brandt, was born in a small town in Guatemala October 28, 1998. He came to Deanna Brandt’s attention December 28, 2003 on the Precious.org website. From the start they could see that he was very graceful and athletic. John swam competitively for about 8 years. He also began to race triathlons at about age 8. John was determined, hard-working, athletic, and most of all, a sweet and gentle spirit. He had the gift of humility and wanted everyone to feel as if they mattered. He would come along those who were struggling in races and give them encouragement. While John could be a fierce competitor, being a friend was most important to him. John’s triathlon career ended on June 4, 2017, when he was hit by a car while on a training ride. While he was only with us a short time, his influence and light will last a lifetime.